Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Pelican takes flight


I've been missing those darn pelicans so much that I went archive diving.  Not that it would surprise any of you, but one thing lead to another and 6 hours later, I had two new editing programs added to my Mac.

~ sigh ~
 I wonder if they have a Photo Editing Anonymous program
available for sickies like me?



I used both of these new editing programs on the FIRST photo.  I began with Snapseed which can be used on your computers as well as on an iPad and iPhone.  I haven't tried it out yet on my iPad but love using it on my computer.  I watched a YouTube video which gave me some instructions on all that it can do.  Pretty awesome!  


The only thing it couldn't do on that FIRST photo was add my copyright so I used a new program called Pixelmator, similar editing software as Photoshop but, as I'm told, more user friendly.  I haven't even begun to master that yet but hope to someday.  Maybe I'll just have to break down and learn Photoshop.  Ugh!

All the photos aside from the First photo ended up being straight out of the camera except for some cropping.  I had my camera set on the P mode and used my Nikon 70-300mm lens.  They all seemed somewhat cartoonish but I love the look.  Probably couldn't recreate it if I tried!




Hope your week has gotten off to a great start.  I still had some light at 6:15 last night when I went out to start the grill.  Hot damn!  Spring is on the way!


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59 comments:

Madi and Mom said...

OH HOW WE LOVE IT WHEN YOU GO ARCHIVE DIVING. Absolutely magnificent pictures.
Hugs madi and mom

Denise at Autumn Sky said...

Oh gosh, I can't even entertain the thought of more photo editing software. I am so happy with LightRoom and anything else would just clutter my brain:-)

It is staying light just a little later....means my chickens stay up a little longer and I have to wait for them.

Country Girl said...

Beautiful!

You're grilling? Can we grill when I come to visit? I never get to grill!

JillsyGirl Studio said...

i'm totally giggling from that comment after ~sigh~!

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

Okay, that was funny. One simple task that led on into 6 hours and downloading two new programs. So much like my wife. To quote Bob Dylan, "Just like a woman". Me? I strive so hard just to keep things simple. Anyway, ya gotta love those goofy Pelicans who are so graceful in flight.

Michaele said...

Awesome! I have never seen one in flight. They are not nearly as awkward looking in the air.

Dianne said...

It's great fun Reena messing around with editing techniques and camera settings - I love your effects on the pelican on a post.
Have fun!

My Journey With Candida said...

You do a great job with your pictures..... keep digging!!

TexWisGirl said...

very cool shots! and i do believe you need a support group or two... :)

heyBJK said...

Love those shots, Reena! Nicely done!

Fjällripan said...

Fantastic photos! I never seen a pelican in real but I wish I will sometime..:)

Andrew said...

Wonderful flight shots...

eileeninmd said...

Reena, these are fantastic shots of the Pelicans. One of my favorite birds too, thanks for sharing. I have not tried many editing programs, which ones are the easiest to use, LOL!

eileeninmd said...

Reena, these are fantastic shots of the Pelicans. One of my favorite birds too, thanks for sharing. I have not tried many editing programs, which ones are the easiest to use, LOL!

Gary said...

Great close ups, and you're right on the look. Is that the result of your new programs? Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Bob Bushell said...

Pelicans are in for treat, they are being a photographed by Reena. I love it.

Brian Miller said...

oh wow...you were able to capture remarkable detail in these shots...great coloing...love that side view and the first of the feet...haha

lucychili said...

gimp is another free software app which can be used to edit images. it takes a while to remember to right click and to find all the menus but it is what i use instead of photoshop on linux. =)

Florida Farm Girl said...

Well, girlfriend, I'm glad somebody is learning how to use photo editing software!! I've got Photoshop Elements 9 but am SO in over my head!!!!!!! However, given the quality of what I have to work with, it's probably just as well. :{

Kerri said...

Oh I LOVE these. The crop in that first shot is absolute perfection!

I use snapseed on my iPhone - I didn't realize i could put it on my Mac (just got my mac a few weeks ago so still learning)

Beth said...

what gorgeous photos. hope to be around pelicans one day. i've seen a few at the beach. (:

Pat said...

I love that first shot!

Catherine said...

What a wing span on those pelicans. Great shots!
xo Catherine

rainfield61 said...

You are a real photo editing mania.

Cozy Little House said...

I love all your bird photos! They are always astounding!
Brenda

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

Well, I'm glad you went archive diving, because your pictures are once again, just stunning and inspirational!

I hope your day has been an enjoyable one!!

Ginny said...

Wonderful pictures! They really show off the straightness of the wings in flight, almost like there is a board running through them.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, yes, like the others, I'm always delighted with your "archive diving"! I, too, am SO hooked on editing programs! These are terrific captures, Reena, thanks so much for sharing these beautiful birds with us! Hope your week is going well!

Sylvia

latebloomerbuds said...

That first one is killer Reena! Love those partial shots. I think you should enter a competition for altered photos. I can't imagine you can do anything more than you already do. I think you may need a support group, LOL! Margie

Barbara said...

I love all of these! And I'm bookmarking those sites - thank you! You've got me thinking about pelicans, too. I hope I have time to go archive diving soon!

Hilary said...

They are such interesting creatures and your captures are so beautiful.

Mark said...

Love those birds, and your photos are amazing.

bill lisleman said...

Photo Editing Anonymous - Ha, how about Photo Intense Editing PIE?
nice pelican

Evelyn S. said...

crap...it was below 20 degrees here this morning! On to more pleasant things, such as your fabulous pelican images!!! Just amazing, Reena. I LOVE the eyes in the last photo, too.

Pat Tillett said...

My two favorite birds are hummingbirds and pelicans. I LOVE these big guys! Very nice photos...

Shane Kent Louis said...

Watching those adorable pelicans take flight is such a magical moment for me.


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Stewart M said...

Hi there - very nice images.

When I see terns (and waders for that matter) with band on, I wonder if they are one of 'my' birds!

Went swimming this morning and it was still dark - hot damn, autumn is on the way!!!

Cheers - Stewart M

Claudia said...

I've been playing with other photo editing programs constantly, it seems. With the impending death of Picnik, I find I'm trying everything!

Great photos!

xo
Claudia

Mary Howell Cromer said...

I love those Pelicans and you got some great shots!

Nancy Claeys said...

Hey, there's alot worse things you could be doing! These are marvelous. :)

Ruth said...

Terrific details, Reena. Love them straight out of the camera!

holdingmoments said...

Fantastic looking bird, and great shots.

Katie said...

wowza....your editing on that first one is gorgeous!!! And another wowza to all the detail you captured in the others!

Sandra said...

awesome pelican shots even without the software addiction. i like the first one, call it pieces of pelican.

Cheryl said...

I agree that the look on this birds face is cartoonish but the rest is sheer poetry. I miss them too.

I'm testing software since Picnik is killing me by closing down in April. ::sob:: Wishing I used a mac right about now.

Ivanhoe said...

What a pretty boy! Or is it a girl? ;)
Happy Leap Day, Reena!

lifeisaroadtrip said...

I first started using Snapseed on my iPad and now that I have a Mac use it there too. It is one of my favorites apps. If it I could resize my photos with it then it would be perfect. I always enjoy reading your posts because I am a bit of an appaholic myself. That and your photos are always lovely.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

amazing! really amazing! i have never seen one in flight.

islandwonder said...

Those are some neat looking birds.

Nick Fortune Photography said...

Absolutely stunning photography Reena! Thanks' :)

joo said...

It's a fabulous bird, and your photos are lovely!

Ed Pilolla said...

that pelican eye and face is ridiculously sharp.

Springman said...

You have a lovely touch with your processing Reena. Personally I get away with picasa and photoshop elements. I think I would get lost, never to return with lightroom or the big photoshop. Expensive investment there.
Cheers!

Gillian Olson said...

Wonderful pictures of pelicans. Those effects are pretty amazing too.

BlueShell said...

wow...amazing shots...
Greetings,
BShell

Wolfsrosebud said...

love that first pic... so artistic

Rambling Woods said...

wow..these are amazing photos Reena

CherryPie said...

Wonderful photos. That blue is such a stunning colour.

Margaret said...

This takes my breath away! My mind is reeling from all the talk of new programs and how I could get them on MY MAC! :) Technology and I don't always get along (my son is off at college so I am a bit helpless...)

The pelican is amazing and I never tire watching them when I am further south...